Starting with a first presentation at the 2008 Oberhausen Film Festival, Sherry Millner and Ernie Larsen—artists, filmmakers, writers, educators, troublemakers—have curated and exhibited multiple programs of short films that critically and/or actively represent resistance to power all over the world. Carried out over decades as the project Disruptive Film, the duo’s groundbreaking research demonstrates not only the variety of everyday resistance strategies but also a surprising diversity of experimental approaches to short-form nonfiction media. Their selection for REDCAT includes Crowded by Alonzo Crawford (1978), shot in a Baltimore jail; Xochimilco, 1914 by Los Viumasters (2010) from Mexico; Crude Living on Oil in Syria by Rozh Ahmad (2014); and their own How Do Animals and Plants Live? (2020), shot in a destroyed migrant squat in Greece.
Demonstrates the remarkable power of film to engage, move, provoke and contend.
Co-curated by Sherry Millner and Ernie Larsen as part of the Jack H. Skirball Series. Funded in part by the Ostrovsky Family Fund, with special support provided by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
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“A visual demonstration of the powers of film.”
“The love of cinema also means knowing what to do with images that are really missing.” —Serge Daney